108 Days – A Number of Great Significance

With 108 days left until the Kumano Kodo, I will start writing. On my travels on the Camino de Santiago and Camino de Fatima, I wrote more after returning home. This time, I will write in preparation. I hope what I write helps people to plan future journeys on the Kumano Kodo and beyond.  108 …

Teaching Tea

I have often brought tea into the classroom discussions, especially during our unit on British Imperialism and the Opium Wars. Many students at my school take Chinese (I took two years in college myself before teaching English in China) and are interested to study the links between British tea drinking and the Opium Wars. Along …

Hiroshima and Shinran

Today marks 76 years since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and killed 100,000+ civilians. It will not be recognized at the olympic games, but a small ceremony will take place in Hiroshima. In New York City, it is possible to see a statue that survived the bombing, just 1.5 miles from …